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  • San Francisco
  • Yosemite
  • Visalia
  • Death Valley
  • Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon
  • Page
  • Monument valley
  • Moab
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Zion
  • Las Vegas

In the states of California, Arizona and Utah you travel from one WOW moment to the next. The natural wonders seem to compete for the title of the most impressive scenery. During this tour you will explore some of the most beautiful canyons and valleys. Your starting point is San Francisco, your destination: Las Vegas.
Unless you would rather drive the loop? In that case, just prolong your drive with the California Coast extension and enjoy all the sights on your way back.

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Days 1 & 2 - San Francisco

You have plenty of time to discover San Francisco, its Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown, to drive down the 'world's most crookedest' zigzag landscaped street, to hop on a trolley ... In the evening you enjoy the delicious cuisine of reputed restaurants all over town.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates : Hop on, Hop off, Alcatraz, Escape from the Rock cruise and/or Aquarium of the Bay.

 

Standard Hotel:  Americania Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Cova Hotel
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Deluxe Hotel:  Park Central
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Day 3 - San Francisco > Yosemite (322 km)

The contrast between the hussle and bustle of San Francisco and the quiet peaceful landscapeof Yosemite could not be more prounced. Pop in at the Visitor Center to learn about Yosemite and its wildlife, take a drive along its many trails or use the free shuttle bus. Do definitely not miss out on the absolute highlights such as El Captain and Glacier Point.

 

Standard Hotel:  Cedar Lodge El Portal (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Yosemite View Lodge El Portal (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (Bed only)
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Day 4 - Yosemite > Visalia (224 km)

Spend some extra time in Yosemite before driving to Visalia and make sure you stop at Sequoia national Park to witness its giant, ancient trees.

 

Standard Hotel:  Wyndham
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Superior Hotel:  Marriott Fairfield Inn Visalia (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Wuksachi Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 5 - Visalia > Death Valley (600 km)

Today a 600 km long and enriching drive awaits you as you reach Death Valley via Bakersfield. Allow plenty of water! In this beautiful desert country landscape you will find sand dunes, multicolored rocks and salt beds.

Summer Itinerary

From mid-June to the end of September, the drive Las Vegas - Death Valley - Yosemite is smoother as you can leave Yosemite by Tiogapas. Connections gives you the opportunity to leverage this advantage with a customized summer itinerary. You have plenty of time to visit Yosemite as you stay one extra night. Day 5, you drive across the Tioga pass towards Lone Pine (315 km). Day 6 you cross Death Valley to reach Las Vegas (373km). This way you avoid the accommodation in death Valley when summer temperatures reach an absolute peak.

Standard Hotel:  Stovepipe Wells Village (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  The Ranch at Death Valley
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Ranch at Death Valley
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Days 6 & 7 - Death Valley > Las Vegas (215 km)

Before you leave Death Valley you may wish to admire the sweeping panorama from Dante's View and stop at Zabriskie Point to enjoy the contrasts in the landscape. From here it is on to Las vegas, the City of Lights where you will spend the next two nights!
Be it day or night, this city is always busy as a beehive. Its rattling casino jackpots, its spectacular shows, wedding chapels, unequalled hotels ... everything melts together into a spectacular mix! Stroll down Las Vegas Boulevard, popularly known as The Strip, and soak in the atmosphere.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates: flights by helicopter or plane over The Strip or Grand Canyon

Standard Hotel:  Excalibur Hotel & Casino
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Superior Hotel:  Luxor Hotel & Casino (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Tropicana a DoubleTree by Hilton (Bed only)
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Day 8 - Las Vegas > Grand Canyon (440 km)

Gambling is definitely a thing of the past when you stand eye to eye with one of the worlds most majestic wonders: The Grand Canyon. Pop in at the Visitors center and find out what is on the programme. Maybe you can join a guided hiking trail or find out the perfect spot for today's sunset.

Pre-bookable excursions at favorable rates: flights by helicopter or plane over The Strip or Grand Canyon

 

 

Standard Hotel:  BW Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn
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Superior Hotel:  Yavapai Lodge West (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Yavapai Lodge East
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Day 9 - Grand Canyon > Page (196 km)

Today you will have the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon some more, or visit a couple of less touristic spots - Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monuments. At Lake Powell, one of the major attractions is a boat tour out to the Rainbow Bridge, the tallest natural bridge in the world. You spend the night nearby in Page.

Pre-bookable excursion at a favorable rate: Lake Powell cruises and Antelope Canyon

 

Standard Hotel:  Quality Inn at Lake Powell (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  BW View of Lake Powell Hotel
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Deluxe Hotel:  Lake Powell Resort (Bed only)
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Day 10 - Page > Monument Valley (161 km)

In the John Wesley Powell Museum you will learn about Lake Powell before and after the construction of the dam. Continue to Monument Valley where you can visit the Navajo Indian tribe.

Pre-bookable excursion at a favorable rate : Monument Valley Tour

 

Standard Hotel:  Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (Bed only)
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Superior Hotel:  Goulding's Monument Valley Lodge (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Goulding's Monument Valley Lodge (Bed only)
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Days 11 &12 - Monument Valley > Moab (234 km)

On the way to Moab you pass the Canyonlands National Park. Here the Colorado River winds its way through the red rock arches and spiers. Why not explore Arches National Park tomorrow.

Pre-bookable excursion at a favorable rate : Rafting in Canyonlands

 

Standard Hotel:  Super 8 by Wyndham
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Greenwell Inn (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Red Cliffs Lodge (Bed only)
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Day 13 - Moab > Bryce Canyon (443 km)

Bryce Canyon is one of the most versatile landscapes of the U.S.. The towers and spiers seem fragile. Walk down along Wall Street or get lost in Queens Gardens. The mysterious rocks colours in all shades of orange and red are even more intense as the sun sets.

 

Standard Hotel:  Bryce View Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  BW Plus Ruby's Inn (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  BW Plus Bryce Grand (Bed only)
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Day 14 - Bryce Canyon > Zion (140 km)

Zion is only a short drive away. Here the desert and giant eroded rock formations combine with waterfalls and hanging gardens. One word: Spectacular.

 

Standard Hotel:  La Quinta Inn and Suites
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Superior Hotel:  Mountain Ranch
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Deluxe Hotel:  Zion Lodge
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Day 15 - Zion > Las Vegas (262 km)

Make some last shots of the red rocks of Utah; Las Vegas beckons you! If you are 21 or older, you may want to test your luck in a small gamble at the casino of your hotel? Nothing compares to Las vegas, so go out and enjoy every craziest little detail of this city.

 

Standard Hotel:  Excalibur Hotel & Casino
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Superior Hotel:  Luxor Hotel & Casino (Bed only)
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Deluxe Hotel:  Tropicana a DoubleTree by Hilton (Bed only)
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Day 16 - Las Vegas

End of a fascinating tour, or start your extension along the California Coast.

 

San Francisco Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour

 3 hours

Visit one of the most legendary state peneteniaries in the world. During the Alcatraz Island Cruise & Tour you set sail to the inhospitable island where you can enjoy an impressive tour.

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San Francisco Aquarium of the Bay

 Full day

You discover the wealth that lies beneath the surface of San Francisco Bay. You walk through tunnels where more than 20,000 sea creatures can be seen in the clear water.

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San Francisco Escape from the Rock Cruise

 90 min.

During a 90 'boat ride you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz while you hear terrifying stories of shocking escape attempts by notorious prisoners and the rough life on the island.

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San Francisco California Sunset Bike Tour

 +/- 3 hours

Admire San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills in the beautiful evening lights. You ride along the San Francisco Piers, through Crissy Field and past Fort Point towards the stunning Golden Gate Bridge. Comes 3 pm , the western side of the bridge along the ocean is exclusively reserved for cyclists. You return via the historic Presidio. The route is about 19 km long.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €27.

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San Francisco Bike the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito

 +/- 3 hours

During this scenic ride you bike along the Bay Trail and see Fisherman's Wharf, Fort Mason, The Marina and Presidio. Your guide tells you fun facts and provides fascinating information about everything you see. You also cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, from where you will see Alcatraz and Angel Island.

PS. You can also rent an e-Bike for a surcharge of €26.

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San Francisco Hop on Hop Off 24 h.

 24 hours

With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below:

  • Downtown Tour
  • Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour
  • Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour
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San Francisco Californian Vineyards Full day

 Full day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Californian Vineyards 1/2 Day

 1/2 day

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide.

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San Francisco Wine & City Tour

 1/2 day + 24 h. pass

These wine tours take you to the beautiful vineyards and valleys north of San Francisco. You can taste wine from large area and small-scale producers.  Transfers are programmed in a luxury minivan. English speaking guide. With this 24 h. ticket you can visit the city's main hot spots at liberty as it allow you to hop on the loops mentioned below: Downtown Tour, Golden Gate Bridge & Sausalito Tour, Golden Gate Park & Beach Tour. 

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Grand Teton Snake River Rafting

 

Explore Grand Teton National Park from Snake River Canyon! This unique rafting trip is a mix of Class I, II and III rapids and thus an ideal family fun activity. Bring sunscreen and clothes that can get wet and you're ready for half a day of water fun amidst breath-taking scenery.

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Yellowstone Wildlife Safari

 
Just after dawn or just before sunset are the ideal two moments to spot wildlife. Together with a ranger who knows the park through and through, you peel your eyes and spot animals. Count on seeing herds of buffalo, deer, elk, bears and with a little bit of luck even wolves.
 
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Las Vegas Explorer Pass

 30 days

The Las Vegas Explorer Pass is an affordable and efficient way to explore the city and its top activities. You can choose between 3,5 or 7 attractions and pick of of 30 shows, attractions and tours. Below you will find a popular selection (the full list is available at your travel shop or Customer Service Center or MTA):

  • Stratosphere Observation Deck
  • Stratosphere Observation Deck + VIP
  • Rockstar Pool Party Tour
  • Rockstar Club Tour
  • Madame Tussauds
  • High Roller day -ticket
  • Las Vegas Monorail 2-day ticket
  • Big Bus; Hop on Hop off day tour
  • Hoover Dam Tour with transport from Las Vegas
  • and a show in the V Theatre on the Strip to pick from The Ultimate Variety Show, Vegas!, Zombie Burlesque or VEGAS! The Show (Elvis, The Rat Pack, Tom Jones)
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Red Rock Canyon Tour

 4 - 5 hours

Just past Vegas you will find a stunning nature park, Red Rock Canyon. The ideal way to explore it is off-road by 4x4. Get ready for awesome desert landscapes and red sandstone rock formations.

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Moab Rafting in Canyonlands - Afternoon Trip

 4h30

Explore Canyonlands from the Colorado River! Take waterproof sunscreen, and clothes and get ready for a half day of fun in a breathtaking setting.

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Moab Rafting in Canyonlands - Full Day Trip

 +/- 7h30

Explore Canyonlands from the Colorado River! Take waterproof sunscreen, and clothes and get ready for a full day of fun in a breathtaking setting.

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Moab Rafting in Canyonlands - Morning Trip

 +/- 4 hours

Explore Canyonlands from the Colorado River! Take waterproof sunscreen, and clothes and get ready for a half day of fun in a breathtaking setting.

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Bryce Canyon on Horseback

 1h30

Looking for a fun way to explore Bryce Canyon manageable for all? How about a  scenic ride on horseback along the highlights of this national park? On your programme are Dixie National Forest, the edge of the Water Canyon amphitheater and the Sinking Ship peak. Perfect and powerful! Fancy longer rides? Half day and full day tours are also available.

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Grand Canyon - Full Day Rafting

 

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
The rafting full day trip takes you to the bottom of the Grand Canyon where you will experience different rapids with a raft. The first 16 kilometres are intense, after which the river becomes calmer and you can enjoy the views. Along the way you make a stop for a short walk to the Travertine Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch on the edge of the Colorado River. Your local raft guide belongs to the Hualapi Indian Tribe and will guide you through this experience.

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Grand Canyon - 2-Day rafting incl. overnight stay in the Grand Caonyon

 2 days

Are you ready for the experience of your life? Then choose one of our unique rafting trips through the Grand Canyon. The Colorado River that rises in the Rocky Mountains runs through the heart of the Grand Canyon. Rafting on the Colorado River is an incredible and unique experience. Not only are you in the middle of the Grand Canyon and you have beautiful views during the rafting trip. The Colorado River is also great for rafting. Depending on the season you experience a rapid level between 3 & 8 here! You can be proud of the adrenaline rushing through your body! This is bucket material at its best!
During this trip you stay 2 days on the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon. During this excursion you will experience 2 rafting trips. An active trip through the rapids with the paddle ready and a quieter part where you can sail deeper into the Canyon by motorboat. In the evening you pitch your tent in the heart of the Canyon and enjoy a delicious dinner with your local native Hualapi Indian guide who will tell you many stories. You will enjoy the unique setting under a beautiful starry sky for sure. The next day you have time for some walks in the canyon before taking you by boat down the rest of the river.

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Secret Antelope and Horseshoe Bend

 

This tour offers you a visit to one of the isolated slot canyons of the region where only 25 people are admitted at the same time. Also enjoy a different viewpoint on Horseshoe Bend from a much less visited place!

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Hotels & Meals

Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.

Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.

Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.

The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.

(Wikipedia)

Travel Documents

  • Travel documents: All Belgian nationals*  (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages,  valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems. 

  • All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year.  We guarantee you the best protection at the best price. 

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.
Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!

Time Zones

The United States span 4 time zones:

  • Eastern (- 6 h)
  • Central (- 7 h)
  • Mountain (- 8 h)
  • Pacific (- 9 h)

Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am.  In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am.  The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)

Payment Methods
  • A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
  • You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.

Climate

Average Temperatures (°C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
San Francisco 13 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 21 21 18 14
Las Vegas 14 17 21 26 31 37 40 39 34 27 19 14
New York  3  5 10 16 22 26 29 28 24 18 12  6
Miami 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 27 25
Chicago -1  2  8 15 22 27 29 28 24 17 9  2
Washington DC  6  8 13 19 24 29 31 30 26 20 14  8

What's included?

  • 15 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
  • Your digital roadbook (day-to-day itinerary)

What's not included?

Your international return flight and car rental.
The total to be paid will depend on your travel dates/class and the size and category of your rental car.

Good to Know

Start or end your journey with an unforgettable citytrip or extend with another awesome selfdrive.
Make the most of your flight and make a stopover in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago or Philadelphia enroute to your selfdrive destination.

Standard Price per person


CUCVO016


Superior Price per person


CUCVO016


Deluxe Price per person


CUCVO016


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